A Midsummer Night's Dream
A.R.T. Season
March 20, 1980

As Theseus, the duke of Athens, prepares to marry his relucant fiancée, he sanctions Egeus's request that his daughter Hermia be forced to marry Demetrius, a man she does not love. Hermia, fearing death or nunnery, flees to the wood with her best friend Helena- she to elope with Lysander and Helena to win Demetrius' love. Lysander and Demetrius, both in love with Hermia, follow in hot pursuit. Each of the four hope to be united with their true love. In the same forest, a group of tradesmen rehearse a play for the duke's wedding entertainment. In the course of the night, the king of the fairies and his assistant Puck use their magic to take revenge on the fairy queen and confound the helpless young lovers. By morning, the fairies have set everything to rights. The tradesmen's hilarious entertainment, a joyous wedding dance, and the blessings of the fairies end the play.  

Creative team
by

William Shakespeare

Directed by Alvin Epstein
Set design by Tony Straiges
Costume design by

Zach Brown

Lighting design by

Paul Gallo

Music of

Henry Purcell

Music directed by

Daniel Stepner

Selected musical adaptations by

Otto-Werner-Mueller

Choreography by

Carmen de Lavallade

Cast
Theseus Robert Brustein
Hippolyta

Elizabeth Norment

Philostrate

Robertson Dean

Egeus

John Drabik

Hermia Marianne Owen
Demetrius Stephen Rowe
Lysander

Eric Elice

Helena

Lisa Sloan

Peter Quince Jeremy Geidt
Nick Bottom

John Bottom

Francis Flute Max Wright
Robin Starveling

John McAndrew

Tom Snout

Richard Grusin

Snug

Walter van Dijk

Puck

Mark Linn-Baker

Moth

Phillip Cates

Peaseblossom

Peter Tamm

Cobweb

Jack Luceno

Titania

Carmen de Lavallade

Fairies

Vincent Every, Jennifer Geidt, Sophia Geidt, Andrew Parker

Chorus

Elinor Anderson-Bell, Nancy Armstrong, Janey Bishoff Boroff, Marya Danihel, Ben Duffy, Kenneth Fitch, Jeffery Gall, Wayne Hankin, Marshall Hughes, Thomas Jones, Peter Kubaska, Nancy Mayans, David Ripley, Marilyn Ross, Laura Schultz, Bob Sparling, Scott Truel, Nela Wagman

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Cambridge, MA 02138

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